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Houston U.S. Attorney Tim Johnson Resigning to Join Private Firm

Tim Johnson

Tim Johnson

By Allan Lengel

ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Houston U.S. Attorney Tim Johnson announced his resignation Wednesday, effective Feb. 13.

Johnson will join a private law firm in the Houston area, according to a press release issued by his office.

Johnson has served as U.S. Attorney since November 2008. He replaced U.S. attorney Don DeGabrielle.

Courtney Evans — FBI Liaison to Hoover and the Kennedys — Dies at Age 95

J. Edgar Hoover/fbi photo

J. Edgar Hoover/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — A historic link to the FBI’s J. Edgar Hoover and JFK and Robert Kennedy is gone.

Courtney A. Evans, 95, a high ranking FBI official who was a liaison between Hoover and the Kennedy’s, died last month of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in Naples, Fla., the Washington Post reported.

The Post reported that the veteran FBI agent became friendly with the Kennedys in the 1950s and  became the bureau’s assistant director in the early 1960s.

“His job landed him in the middle of a power struggle between the autocratic Hoover and a new administration determined to rein in Hoover’s authority, said Athan G. Theoharis, a retired professor at Marquette University, who is a historian of the FBI’s Hoover years,” the Post reported.

“Evans found himself in this very difficult position,” Theoharis said, according to the Post.”He briefed the attorney general, but it wasn’t always clear that he fully informed the attorney general of FBI practices — and there was some indication that Kennedy was party to a ‘hear no evil, see no evil’ [attitude]. Even so, Evans became persona non grata in the bureau.”

He resigned from the FBI in 1964 and eventually was a founding partner in a D.C. law firm, the Post reported.

To read the full obituary click here.

Head of Newark FBI Weysan Dun to Take Charge of Omaha Division

Dun Weysan/fbi photo

Weysan Dun/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Weysan Dun, who has headed the FBI’s Newark office, is leaving the east coast for the Midwest where he’ll take charge of  the Omaha Division, the FBI announced Monday.

Dun started out with the FBI in 1982 and worked in the San Francisco, Omaha, and Chicago Divisions, where he specialized in national security, high technology theft, extremist, and violent crime investigations, the FBI said.

In 1988, he came to the mothership in D.C. as a supervisory special agent of the National Security Division.

In 1991, he became a supervisory senior resident agent in the Hartford, Conn. office.

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Boston’s Top FBI Agent Warren T. Bamford Named ticklethewire.com’s Fed Of The Year

William Bamfor/fbi photo

Warren Bamford/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Warren T. Bamford, special agent in charge of  the Boston FBI, has been named ticklethewire.com’s Fed Of The Year for 2009.

The award to Bamford comes as a result of the high marks he earned from colleagues around the country, who say he’s a stand-up person and a  first-rate agent and leader.  In 2009, the Boston FBI, under his leadership, took on a number of key investigations including the recent indictment of mobster Ralph F. Deleo,  a street boss for the Colombo crime family.

Bamford joined the FBI in 1986 and took charge of the Boston office in 2007.  Before that, he served as special agent in charge of  the Counterterrrorism and Intelligence Division in  the  Los Angeles office, where he supervised 450 people.

Last year’s recipient of the Fed Of The Year  award was Chicago’s U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald.

Pres. Obama Nominates 7 U.S. Attorneys; Senate Confirms 7 Others

D.C. nominee Ronald Machen
D.C. nominee Ronald Machen

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The burden of filling U.S. Attorney posts around the country just got a little lighter.

The White House announced Thursday that President Obama had nominated seven U.S. Attorneys  including Ron Machen for D.C. and Sally Quillian Yates for the Northern District of Georgia.

And the U.S. Senate, according to the website Main Justice,  confirmed 7 previous nominees for U.S. Attorney posts including: Richard Callahan (Eastern District of Missouri): Sanford Coats (Western District of Oklahoma): Michael Cotter (Montana): Christopher Crofts (Wyoming): Barbara McQuade (Eastern District of Michigan): James Santelle (Eastern District of Wisconsin); Mary Elizabeth Phillips (Western District of Missouri):

The following are the names and bios of the U.S. Attorneys who were just nominated, according to the following White House press release:

André Birotte, Jr.: Nominee for the Central District of California

André Birotte, Jr. works for the Los Angeles Police Commission, where he has been Inspector General since 2003 and served as an Assistant Inspector General from 2001 to 2003. From 1995 to 1999, Birotte served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Central District of California. He started his legal career as a Deputy Public Defender in the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office from 1991 to 1995. Birotte graduated from Tufts University in 1987 and Pepperdine University School of Law 1991.

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Retired Secret Service Agent James Parker Who Guarded Pres. Ford During 2 Assassination Attempts Dies at Age 70

Parker Protected Pres. Ford/pres. library photo
Parker Protected Pres. Ford/pres. library photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — James L. “Lee” Parker, a 34-year veteran of the U.S. Secret Service, who worked on presidential details including ones where attempts were made on President Ford’s life, died last month in Virginia at age 70, the Washington Post reported.

The paper reported that he died of brain cancer at the Fairfax Nursing Center in suburban Washington. He had been with the Secret Service from 1965 to 1999.

Parker worked for the Alexandria, Va. police and for the CIA before joining the Secret Service, the Post reported.

At one point in his career, in the 1990s, he headed the global counterfeit division at Interpol in Lyon, France, the Post reported.

He also served on the detail of President Ford “when Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme and, later, Sara Jane Moore tried to kill the president in 1975,” the Post reported.

John Perren Named Interim Head of FBI Washington Field Office

John Perren

John Perren

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — John G. Perren,  special agent in charge of counter-terrorism at the FBI’s Washington field office, has been named the interim head of the office, authorities said Wednesday.

Perren will replace Joseph Persichini Jr, the assistant director in charge of the office, who officially retires on Christmas day. Perren’s appointment becomes effective Dec. 26.

Perren, who joined the bureau in 1987, spent a half year in Iraq for the FBI in 2005 as the on-scene commander before returning home to headquarters to become section chief of the Weapons of Mass Destruction/Domestic Terrorism Operations Section.

In 2008, he became the special agent in charge of the counterterrorism division for the Washington Field Office.

He replaces Persichini, who retires under a cloud. The Office of Professional Responsibility has been investigating allegations that Persichini and two other high ranking agents in the office may have worked together and may have gotten help from an FBI lawyer on an open book exam on bureau procedures, which is a violation of bureau policy.

Nothing happened to Persichini, who had been planning to retire anyways from the bureau. The two other agents still face possible discipline, which may include a demotion and a transfer to another FBI office.

Obama Nominates Defense Atty. for South Carolina U.S. Attorney Spot

Bill Nettles/law firm photo

Bill Nettles/law firm photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.como

The labor intensive effort to fill all the U.S. Attorney spots around the country continued Tuesday with President Barack Obama nominating defense lawyer William Nettles for U.S. Attorney in South Carolina, Main Justice news website reported.

Main Justice reported that Nettles of the law firm Sanders & Nettles in Columbia, S.C., was recommended for the post in August by Democratic Reps. John Spratt and Jim Clyburn. The website said Nettles is Obama’s 35th U.S. Attorney nominee and that 24 have been confirmed.

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